I borrowed my title from Tricycle’s Daily Dharma
– short synopsis emails that show up every day in my inbox. I always end up reading the ones where the title captures my attention. A couple of days ago the title was Saying Yes Wholeheartedly and when I clicked to read the article, a different title, Follow the Yes Trail, grabbed my attention even more.
The article made me think of one of my favourite words, ikigai. It reminded me of how powerful and delightful ikigai is when we give it time and attention.
Reflect on these questions, especially as they relate to your everyday, ordinary life.
- what grabs your attention?
- makes you feel most alive?
- lifts your spirits?
- gives you energy?
- provides solace?
- brings a smile to your face?
- spontaneous joy?
- and meaningful moments
What do you have that is more than you need? For me, it is books and pens and beautiful paper. This tells us something about ourselves.
And what about the people in our lives? Who do you love? Who are your kindred spirits? What do you love about your family and friends? We don’t need to pretend they have no flaws, rather, for now, just focus our attention on the things you like about them. The ways they have helped you and supported you. The quirks of personality that make you laugh. A look perhaps. an endearing habit. It is amazing how we can take our liking for granted and our criticisms too. And it is easy to complain about what our spouse or teenager or neighbour isn’t doing and forget why we like them.
Of the things you love and the people you love what do you miss out on because you are too busy? Can this change?
In our culture we often co-exist with overwhelm and we forget what it feels like to wholeheartedly dive into the moment where pleasure, joy, and delight can spontaneously arise. If we allow the time.
I love this line of thinking in the Tricycle article:
If you have a new idea you want to express, just do it. What is holding you back? We may think: it might not work. I might mess up. Don’t follow those voices. Just do it. Start right away. Don’t let the fear of failure stop you. If something works, great! If not, that’s fine too. It’s much more fun to live life joyfully than to always be afraid that something may not work.Things don’t always have to turn out the way you planned…just say YES!..follow the trail of yes…
(this next bit resonated with me)
…I don’t want to be the obstacle to what life is offering me. I say, Let’s do it!..don’t dwell on what didn’t happen, or what could have happened but didn’t…Take the leap and say yes!
(excerpted from Spontaneous Creativity by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche)
And you all know that there are times to say NO. Important times. We aren’t talking about formulas here. Just ideas. Things to try and see what happens. And today I loved thinking about the exuberance of Tenzin Rinpoche. It is springtime and the season of exuberance.
1:) I have a Billy Collins poem because it is spring and because April is International Poetry Month. The title is linked to the source.
3:) Be friendly to yourselves and enjoy the spring. With my heartfelt thanks for showing up here, Trudy